Israeli Business Group on Peace Mission to Davos


A delegation of some 100 leading Israeli businesspeople are going to the World Economic Forum (WEC) in Davos this week to promote the two-state solution, Globes reported on Monday.

The delegation, organized by Breaking the Impasse (BTI), includes such notables as Ofra Strauss, Rami Levy, Moshe Lichtman, Shmuel Meitar, Yossi Vardi, Shlomi Fogel, Danny Rubinstein, Prof. Itamar Rabinovich, Ruth Hashin, Yehudit Bronicki, and Morris Kahn.

“We must urgently reach a diplomatic settlement,” says  BTI. “The conflict is harming everyone, and a diplomatic settlement will have far-reaching consequences on the societies and economies of both sides. We’re not engaged in borders or security arrangements, but we know that if Israel wants a stable economy and to enjoy a better future and continued growth, we must reach a diplomatic settlement. The world is losing patience and the threat of sanctions is growing daily. We have a window of opportunity with the arrival of John Kerry to the region, and we must exploit it.”

The BTI delegation to Davos is sponsored by WEC chairman Prof. Klaus Schwab. The conference has set aside an entire day for a discussion of a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its potential for economic improvement in the region.

BTI describes itself as an apolitical peace initiative of Israeli and Palestinian businesspeople. It has more than 300 members who represent a substantial part of Israel and the Palestinian Authority’s GDP.

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